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anklet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As2002,04.6

  • Description

    Pair of silver hinged anklets fastened with a pin attached to a chain. Made from sheet silver which was heated and hammered into a mould (die-stamped) with flowers, dots and diamond-shaped motifs. Also decorated with bands of beaded wire. Can be worn as bracelets.

  • Date

    • 1947-1962
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 4 centimetres
    • Diameter: 5.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 104 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Acquired while the donor was in residence in the Aden Protectorate in 1947-1962; donor states probably Aulak tribe.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2002

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    As2002,04.6

Bracelet? anklet?; made of silver-coloured metal; two rectangles of silver cut with two rows of diamond and flower pattern joined together with hinge at one end; one loop at end of one rectangle, two loops at end of other rectangle; metal peg attached on chain to end of one rectangle which fits through three loops to hold bracelet closed.

Bracelet? anklet?; made of silver-coloured metal; two rectangles of silver cut with two rows of diamond and flower pattern joined together with hinge at one end; one loop at end of one rectangle, two loops at end of other rectangle; metal peg attached on chain to end of one rectangle which fits through three loops to hold bracelet closed.

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